A study is suggesting millions of Brits struggle with basic kitchen skills, with one in five admitting they can't boil an egg
Instead of perfectly cooking the egg, a fifth have said they will end up with yolks which are too hard-boiled to dip, whites which are still runny or even letting the pan boil dry, leading to burnt, black eggs.
Over a quarter struggle to cook rice, while nearly a third say they cannot cut an onion correctly. Other skills which many adults struggle with include baking a sponge cake, making batter, and even cooking a cheese sauce.
The study was commissioned by Hotpoint to mark the beginning of its Teaching Kitchen. Launched in partnership with TV chef Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation programme, the mobile kitchen will be going around the country offering the public the chance to book free cooking classes in advance.
The study also found that nearly one in five will turn to takeaways or convenience food, while one in ten say they will never cook from scratch.
Jamie Oliver commented: "We're all busy, but let's face it, we've got to eat, and if we can take care of the ones we love at the same time by sharing home-cooked, nutritious fare, that's always going to be a bonus."
The poll of 2,000 adults revealed skills missing from British kitchens include making a gravy or batter from scratch, making dough and pastry or even making curry paste.
Other aspects which adults struggle with include creating home-made dips, salsa and salad dressings, making soup and cooking pulses.
Six in ten also admitted to not knowing how to bake a sponge. Over two thirds also believe basic cooking skills are on a decline across the UK, with 69 per cent attributing this to the rise in takeaways and convenience food.
Just over half blame a lack of, or inadequate, cooking lessons in school, while 67 per cent believe it's down to skills which are no longer passed down through the generations.
Only four in ten have learnt their kitchen knowledge from their parents or grandparents, with 31 per cent saying they taught themselves instead.
The top 20 kitchen skills people struggle to master are:
1. Making falafel
2. Making ice cream
3. Making a guacamole/salsa
4. Making pizza dough
5. Making a curry paste
6. Making a homemade dip
7. Making bread
8. Cooking pulses correctly
9. Making dough
10. Making a marinade
11. Making pastry
12. Making a salad dressing
13. Making a tomato sauce
14. Making meatballs from scratch
15. Making a white sauce
16. Making a batter from scratch
17. Baking a sponge cake
18. Making gravy from scratch
19. Making a cheese sauce
20. Making a soup
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